Weekly Links: Jon Cooper’s unusual path to NHL coaching; Politics of the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Belarus; and more
October 11, 2013 Leave a comment
Welcome to Hockey in Society’s Weekly Links post. This feature highlights articles or blog entries that are related to Hockey in Society’s areas of interest and that may be of interest to the site’s readers. Please check out some of the great writing that is happening in the hockey media and blogosphere!
- NHL coaches are typically part of an insular group and have long histories in professional hockey. Katie Baker has an interesting examination of an exception to this trend in her profile of Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper. Cooper left a career in law to become a full-time hockey coach and, against the odds, is now coaching in the NHL. [Grantland]
- An old article (December, 2012), but one that is hugely important: how Belarus’ authoritarian President is using the 2014 World Hockey Championships to try to legitimize his rule. We will have a much more in-depth post on this topic early next week. [Open Society Foundations]
- Support to ban fighting in hockey continues to grow in the medical field. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic, as well as Ken Dryden comment on the severity of head injuries caused by fighting. [Globe and Mail]
- Jeff Marek works through some of the pro- and anti-fighting arguments in an attempt to stake out a middle ground in this polarizing debate. [Sportsnet]